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Kokomo’s 2011 Summer Festivals

Summer festival season is finally here!  Family fun, delicious food, festive parades, and fantastic music highlight the great festival line-up in Kokomo this year.  Don’t miss the fun in Kokomo this summer!

Strawberry Festival - June 2, 2011
Main Street in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 11:00 am-3:00 pm (or while quantities last!)
Enjoy juicy strawberry shortcakes (Amish made shortcake topped with strawberries, ice cream & whipped cream), live music, free kid’s activities, Ronald McDonald® show starting at noon, and sample McDonalds® new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

2010 Kokomo Strawberry Festival

Western Days Festival – June 3-5, 2011
Downtown Russiaville – Free Admission
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9am – 11pm & Sun. 11am-5pm
Food, arts & crafts, car show, antique tractors, music & more.  Grab your boots and head to Western Days for a fun-filled weekend!

RibFest – June 11, 2011
Foster Park in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 4 pm – Midnight
Delicious ribs, great food, kid’s activities, live music featuring Danny Seraphine and CTA.  If you enjoy ribs, this is definitely the place to be!

Haynes-Apperson Festival - June 30-July 2, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 5-11pm and Sat. Noon-11pm
Definitely something for everyone!  Food, vendors, car show, cruise-ins, parade, sports festival, quarter midget racing, live music by Here Come the Mummies (June 30), LoCash Cowboys (July 1) & Boyz II Men (July 2), fireworks & more!  Visit website for complete schedule.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Parade - will be held on July 2, 2011 at 2pm

Howard County 4-H Fair - July 11-16, 2011
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – Free Admission
4-H exhibits & animals, Pioneer Village, food & craft vendors, carnival rides, live music by Phil Dirt and the Dozers and Branded Bluegrass, motorcycle racing, antique tractors & more.

Grillmasters Barbeque Challenge - August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
During this all day event kicking off the Taste of Kokomo, teams will compete in Barbeque Cook-Off.  People’s Choice voting Noon-3pm with tickets.  Awards will be given at 4pm.

Taste of Kokomo - August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Admission $3
Hours: 4-11 pm
Enjoy tastes of appetizers, entrees, desserts & drinks from over 30 local restaurants and eateries, live music from eight bands, kid’s activities & many new features during this annual Kokomo tradition.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show will perform at the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival

NEW! Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival - August 26-28, 2011
Wildcat Valley in Western Howard County
Hours: Fri. 4-11pm, Sat. 9am-11pm & Sun. 9am-4pm
Admission: Fri. $10, Sat. $20, Sun. $10 – Kids 10 & under free
Experience a true bluegrass music festival, including performances by Goldwing Express, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, Branded Bluegrass & many others!  Also featuring workshops, antique tractors, artist crafts, homemade ice cream & more.

For more information on any of the festivals listed, contact the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800.837.0971 or check out the Calendar of Events.

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Written by : Sherry has been at the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau since 2002. She enjoys greeting visitors, assisting group tours, and maintaining Kokomo's tourism blog, website, and social media initiatives (Facebook & Twitter). Sherry and her husband, Shane, have one son, Peyton.